Chelsea are reportedly prepared to let Danny Drinkwater leave just a year after signing him for £30million as they target a new signing in midfield.
The Blues brought in Drinkwater from Leicester City in a somewhat surprise move, and it’s fair to say the England international has barely made an impact at Stamford Bridge.
Arriving with some injury problems, Drinkwater started just five Premier League games for Chelsea last season and is likely to just face even more competition for places.
This is because Chelsea are pursuing the potential transfer of Nice star Jean Seri, meaning they’re open to allowing Drinkwater to move on loan, according to the Daily Mail.
The 28-year-old may have been a title winner with Leicester in 2015/16, but in truth he didn’t exactly stand out as one of the star performers in that side.
N’Golo Kante was one of the main men in their midfield, and he joined Chelsea the following season, while Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy really caught the eye up front.
It is therefore perhaps little surprise to see Drinkwater struggle with making the step up at a club like Chelsea, who have made a number of questionable purchases recently, such as Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley.
Barcelona make approach over £79million Liverpool and Chelsea transfer target
Barcelona have reportedly made an approach to Monaco to ask about the kind of transfer fee they’d have to pay for winger Thomas Lemar this summer.
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are also mentioned as potential suitors for Lemar as Monaco supposedly say they’d want as much as £79million for him, according to Sport.
The fee could be lower, however, with Monaco mentioned as stating the fee would be somewhere between £61m and £79m, but it’s likely to be expensive if previous accounts are anything to go by.
Tuttomercatoweb recently claimed Lemar could cost even more at around £101m, so one imagines the £79m end is more like the kind of fee his club would be looking for.
The France international looked one of the best-attacking midfield players in Europe in 2016/17, though his form dipped a little the following year.
Still, clubs seem to rate him highly as Tuttomercatoweb had also linked him as a target for Liverpool, and Sports claim Barca make contact and Chelsea keep an eye on him.